Chapter Meeting – March 2019

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“The Music of the Birds: Why & How We Should/Can Listen”

Presented by Wayne Rohde

Wayne Rohde, a former Lakeland Audubon board member, will provide a number of reasons for birding by ear, including several tips for learning bird songs.
Wayne is a life-long resident of Wisconsin, has been an avid birder for 52 years, and has photographed 260 species of Wisconsin birds in the past 12 years. He especially enjoys birding by ear.

This program is scheduled on March 26 at 7 pm at the Lions Field House in Williams Bay and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served before and after the meeting.

Date: 03/26/2019

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Lions Field House (310 Elkhorn Road WI-67, Williams Bay, WI)

Annual DNR spring fish & wildlife public hearing and WCC county meeting

April 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.  (see below for the location in your county)

Kenosha:  Kenosha County Center – Hearing Room, 19600 75th Street, Bristol, WI

Racine:  Union Grove High School – Theater, 3433 S. Colony Ave, Union Grove, WI

Rock:  Craig High School – Small Auditorium, 401 S Randall Avenue, Janesville, WI

Walworth:  Delavan-Darien High School – Large Meeting Room, 150 Cumming St, Delavan, WI

Click here for more info!


On the Saturday closest to Earth Day in April, Gateway celebrates our environment with displays, workshops, hands-on activities for people of all ages, and other environment-related activities. The event, started on Gateway’s Kenosha Campus in 2008, was extended to the Elkhorn Campus in 2012. Hundreds of community members visit the Gateway campuses to learn and show their support for our environment.

The 2019 Celebrate Earth Day event will be held on April 13 on the Kenosha and Elkhorn Campuses.

Kenosha Campus: 3520 30th Avenue – 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Elkhorn Campus: 400 Hwy H – 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Each Campus event is coordinated by a local committee, often comprised of Gateway staff, students, and community members. We encourage you to visit each campus to enjoy their unique offerings of education, hands-on activities, and entertainment. Each campus will feature different offerings.

Annual Midwest Crane Count

Each year in mid-April, over 1,000 volunteers travel to their local wetlands and favorite birding locations to participate in the Crane Count. This annual survey of Sandhill and Whooping Cranes spans over 90 counties in six states of the upper Midwest (Wisconsin and portions of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Minnesota).

To participate in the Crane Count you first need to contact your County Coordinator to be assigned a site and receive additional instructions. Click here to view the listing of county coordinators. See Counter Information to download your data sheet, instructions for entering your data, and other useful links. Click the link below for more information.

Annual Midwest Crane Count – Website

World Migratory Bird Days!

Celebrate… all… weekend… long… April 27 & April 28, 2019

Bird Banding Station — U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologists will be netting birds, recording data, and placing bands on their legs. This is your chance to see our migratory songbirds up close!  At the following times and locations:

  • Saturday, April 27  (8:00 – 10:30 a.m.)  Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park – Rt 31 & Harts Rd, Ringwood, IL
  • Sunday, April 28  (8:00 – 10:30 a.m.)  Hackmatack NWR Turner tract – N541 County Hwy H, Genoa City, WI

Activity Stations & Bird Passports — Get your passport stamped as you participate in over 20 games and activities! More stamps = more prizes, including our ever-popular Audubon plush bird that sings its song when squeezed! Door prizes include binoculars, photo prints, and more.

  • Saturday, April 27  (8:00 a.m. – Noon)  Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park – Rt 31 & Harts Rd, Ringwood, IL
  • Sunday, April 28  (8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.)  Hackmatack NWR Turner tract – N541 County Hwy H, Genoa City, WI
  • Sunday, April 28  (Noon – 4:00 p.m.)  Volo Bog State Natural Area – 28478 W Brandenburg Rd, Ingleside, IL

2019 World Migratory Bird Day – Event Flyer


Saturday, May 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. · $5 Walk/$20 Lunch

Drive into the countryside to see one of Walworth County’s most beautiful and important bird habitats in LaGrange.  Known as Bromley Woods, the 32-acre property is globally important to migrating birds. Partnering with birders from Lakeland Audubon Society, we will look for warblers and other forest-interior nesting birds on our bird walks at 8, 9 or 10 a.m.   Then join us at the historic LaGrange Methodist Church for lunch and a presentation by renowned bird expert Craig Thompson with the DNR’s Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation. Tickets for the bird festival are $5 with the lunch and presentation an additional $20.



Bird Monitors
We’re looking for individuals with a moderate to advanced knowledge of bird ID to help our wildlife biologist monitor priority grassland bird species. Volunteers must be able to confidently identify or learn 10-15 grassland bird species by sight and sound. This involves off-trail hiking to specific monitoring points along pre-defined routes from May through August. Routes are available at multiple sites throughout the county. Orientation will be provided (details TBA), but volunteers will be expected to provide their own binoculars. Please contact Jackie Bero by email or call: (815) 678-4532 for additional information.

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